Grow Whidbey is a collaboration between the Good Cheer Food Bank Fresh Food on the Table Program and the South Whidbey School District Farm and Garden Program, offering apprenticeships in community food production and garden-based education. Our goal is to train the next generation of growers and teachers in the field of sustainable community agriculture.
Apprentices will work in the following fields:
- Organic food production:
- For our local Food Bank
- For public school cafeterias and school events
- For garden and culinary classes
- Of youth in our public school systems through garden-based education and culinary programs
- Of community members and Food Bank clients at our demonstration gardens and farms
Grow Whidbey evolved out of the Community Gardening Leadership Training (CGLT), a program focused on giving motivated individuals the skills and experience needed to lead community farms and gardens. Since its inception in 2011, CGLT has brought 20 apprentices to Whidbey Island (five of whom have stayed on the island) to work in our network of community gardens located at the food bank, the local public schools, and the Whidbey Institute, an educational non-profit. As the Whidbey Institute garden began to grow in a different direction, the program decided it was time to transition into a new phase.
For more information on Grow Whidbey or to apply for our apprenticeship, visit the Grow Whidbey blog.
Specific information about the Good Cheer Apprenticeship, and the application can be found below: